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Feb 13, 2013 2:00pm EST
boehner and senate leader mitch mcconnell call the president's speech a missed opportunity. >> an opportunity to bring together the country and instead became a retread of lip service and liberalism. for democratic president entering his second term, it was simply unequal to the moment. following four years of this president's unwillingness to challenge liberal dogma. we got more of the same. >> i have been dealing with a minimum wage issue for the last 28 years that i have been elected office. when you raise the price of employment, guess what happens. you get less of it. in a time when the american people are asking where are the jobs, why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people. >> let's bring in the "news nation" panel and syndicated talk show host and contributor michael smerconish, cnbc contributor and columnist for reuters and the atlantic. lots of jobs for you. let me start off with you. you have a president talking about raising the minimum wage and the follow-up from republicans today is that that would hurt the jobs creators. an argument we he
Feb 14, 2013 6:00pm EST
figure out how to do that, win national elections. what mitch mcconnell is good at here is being an advocate for filibuster reform. i was glad to see the president come out and say there is no 60 vote threshold and that most bills, especially secretaries, deserve an up or down vote. if obama had done that during a filibuster debate, then we might not be having this debate right now. the deal harry reid cut with mitch mcconnell is coming back to bite them. they could have gone for a lot more. they backed off. they shook hands again and went with something milder and then boom, he gets clowned two mornts later. >> nia malika, i want to be real clear. the filibuster has been around for decades. but its use has exploded in this past few years. in fact, two of the three sessions of congress with the worst filibuster abuse have happened under president obama. so let me just cut to the chase. is the gop's obstruction about policy? or is it just something personal about president obama. >> well, it's probably a little bit of both. it's about policy. it's about this president whose policies
Feb 20, 2013 3:00pm PST
mitch mcconnell saying i'm going to set this economy up to fail. i want to hurt the president and see him not succeed and see democrats not move forward. is some of that in play here? >> i think it's fair to say that the republican leadership have certainly dug their heels in now, if you listen to john boehner saying i agree with secretary panetta that sequestration would be damaging. but they are saying this is the president's invention. >> michael: it's good public relations, but the president comes in with something like 52% approval rating at his last polling and congress is so low. doesn't the president have a little more to lose here? >> he does absolutely. if you look at this week no members of congress are in session this week. they are having townhalls they are doing speeches they are talk about -- there are very few people from the small towns of america that don't know what sequestration means anymore. so there is a lot to lose for the president. and i think everybody has a lot at play here if we don't find a way to avert these cuts. and it looks likely in the next nine day
Feb 18, 2013 4:00pm EST
possible candidacy against mitch mcconnell, and here is karl rove basically criticizing the tea party or essentially slamming the tea party while mitch mcconnell is doing everything he can to cozy up to the tea party. i think republicans around kentucky will be very confused. >> just to be broadening this out slightly, how does mr. rove suddenly pivot from resentment politics that he's been selling to white voters for the last 30 years, they're coming to get your jobs to come and get our jobs. how does he pull that one off? >> yn if he can pull it off, but it's pretty obvious why. he's looking at the people who are paying the bills and the ones who are putting up the money don't want to pay to run campaigns for extreme radical fringe candidates. so he's going where the money is, which is, i guess, probably predictable. >> i guess it is. in a "new york times" profile last week, it was suggested republicans would be thrilled to run against ashley judd, an actress, who is described by her own grandmother as a hollywood liberal. mr. rove's super pac as you have just mentioned have release
Feb 15, 2013 3:00am PST
. mitch mcconnell didn't do anything to stop it. >> to. >> just when you thought things couldn't get worse, it gets worse. >> bill: shocking, said the majority leader. >> shocking that my republican colleagues would leave the nation without a fully empowered secretary of defense during all of the things we have going on in the world including a war. >> that's the point president obama made yesterday on his google hangout that he did yesterday afternoon when he came back from decatur, georgia. i mean we've got a freakin' war going on and we don't have anybody running the pentagon. >> it's unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i am still presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with our allies to make sure that our troops are getting the kind of strategy and mission that they deserve. >> you think. >> done. >> don't you think like the commander in chief picks up the phone and calls the pentagon. right? and the phone just rings and rinse and rings. so nobody answers. nobody there. it is just outrageous. first of a
Feb 20, 2013 6:00am PST
hours. >> stephanie: you can go at mitch mcconnell speed literally to get it done. >> i believe that perhaps i could consider the possibility -- >> time's up. >> stephanie: time's up. that's my time. and now -- [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] a story about cats because i don't know why we do it. apparently every day. cats -- because you all are cat people. cats have been walking all over us for centuries. medievalist, apparently that's a job. a medievalist somebody -- >> sure he works at a university somewhere. >> stephanie: was flipping through 15th century man you on manuscripts in croatia. your average light reading when he came across something remarkable on the pages fee line paw prints. [ laughter ] medieval version of cats walking across your keyboard. as jazz does. >> it happens all the time. >> stephanie: how many times a week do i say what did chris mean? is this a scott brown tweet? >> that's when boots sat on the keyboard and demanded a neck scratch. as boots does. >> stephanie: gawker finishes as if you need additional proof that cats have always been [ bleep ] you
Feb 13, 2013 10:00pm PST
reaction was predictable. mitch mcconnell's comment was republican boiler plate. >> in short with his impressive delivery and trademark style, last night's speech was pedestrian, liberal boilerplate that any democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent memory. >> and why stop there? why not compare the president to hitler, stalin, or castro? well, republican leaders don't have to do that. that is what rush limbaugh is for. >> throughout history, dictators, for example, have never really been blamed for the bad things that happen in their countries. hitler, stalin, mao, castro, none of them blamed by the rank and file citizenry. they were, instead, the leaders of the revolution. they were the great figures trying to change all the evil that was happening to everybody. here is obama. this is what agitators do, rile people up, and then come in and try to calm everybody down and fix it. >> krystal, the president gives an hour-long speech, and what we realized is, it could have been shorter. taken out the rhetoric and just have all the programs mentioned. but really, not
Feb 12, 2013 7:00pm EST
theion onthe ion use union address. here is what senate leader mitch mcconnel told me a molt ament a >> what he has been doing doesn't create jobs. >> all right later in the show as we prepare to hear the president's take on the economy. but will he make a compromise deal on the budget cut iting se quester. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >> first up, this evening let's set the scene for tonight. aamon joins us now from the hill. what is the buzz about tonight over there good evening to you. >> reporter: well good evening larry. if history is any guide, the last 12 to 18 months might represent the opportunity. after that, history shows that second term presidents tend to peter out a bit. the president knows what is at stake here tonight. but especially the economy we have exerts from what the president is going to say. he is going to say it is our generation's task then to ignite the true engine of economic growth. we are going to hear from republican senator marco rubio. he is going to give the official response. he says this opportunity to make it to the middle class or beyon
Feb 14, 2013 1:00am EST
republicans fell right into the trap. they looked like -- mitch mcconnell always looks like he ate quints before he goes on the air. they talk about things that lost them the last election. and rush limbaugh is the biggest favor that ever happened to us. i'm just in shock. i thought the president did a really brilliant job. from a political point of view, we can talk about the policy and argue about that. and the republicans were their usually completely wasted self. rubio, i thought did a decent job in terms of his presentation, he didn't have anything to say. but he was a fresh face for the republican party. and mitch mcconnell, he is smart, but god almighty -- >> maybe not the best messenger. >> i want to listen to what the president said about paying our bills on time. >> the greatest nation on earth. the greatest nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. we can't do it. let's agree -- let's agree right here, right now, to keep the people's government open and pay our bills on time. and always uphold the full faith
Feb 14, 2013 3:00pm PST
folks who the republican leader mitch mcconnell and others consistently praised when he was still in the senate, has two purple stars -- two purple hearts, was an extraordinary soldier, was the head of the u.s.o., served on the senate floor relations committee. he is imminently qualified to be secretary of defense. and the notion that we would see an unprecedented filibuster, just about unprecedented. we've never had a secretary of defense filibustered before. there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. the republican minority in the senate seemed to think that the rule now is that you have to have 60 votes for everything. well, that's not the rule. the rule is that you're supposed to have a majority of the hundred senators vote on most bills. the filibuster historically has been used slektively for a handful of issues to extend debate. but we don't have a 60-vote rule. and, yet, that's become kmonl practice. this is just the latest example. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war
Feb 13, 2013 8:00pm PST
you want to close the loophole of the gun shows? this is republican leader mitch mcconnell reacting to the speech today. here it is. >> last night's speech was pedestrian, liberal boilerplate that any democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent memory. >> howard, your response to that. >> well, i spoke to mitch mcconnell yesterday. i think that's what he was expecting and he got -- he heard what he was expecting to hear in his own mind. but i think even in kentucky, believe it or not, where mitch mcconnell is going to be up for reelection next year, he is going to have to be careful on a couple of these issues. i mean, kentucky is a gun state if there ever was one. but cities like louisville and lexington, some kinds of further measures of gun safety may be more popular than he realizes. and as neera pointed out, in terms of women voters, in terms of the demography of the vote, it is important. and i think by the way it's going to be key for the president to force some democrats to go along. in certain respect, the president was speaking to harry reid, the democratic lea
Feb 20, 2013 6:00pm PST
and mix all this stuff up. the caucus that boehner of course can't control and mitch mcconnell for that matter. they're against a path to citizenship. so how is this going to play out? >> i think that's why one of the reasons why the president's proposal was actually finally put on paper and leaked, actually put a stake in the ground. now, if we don't have a path to citizenship, let's have an honest conversation with americans, basically saying by not having a path to citizenship, we're creating 11 million folks that are living in this country that basically all of the sudden become stateless. we don't want that. we don't want two americas. >> how do you know john mccain is sincere? how do you me if he really doesn't care if immigration reform passes, but he is home right now knowing that the demographics aren't going to work against him if he wants to run again. >> exactly right. well, first of all, you can only take a person's word, right? so right now his heart and the fact that he is going out front and center. but he also recognizes that anything short within the latino commun
Feb 20, 2013 12:00am PST
. >>> welcome back to "the ed show." there are signs senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is worried about losing his job. actress ashley judd is seriously considering running against the gentleman from kentucky. she is reportedly consulted with new york senator gillibrand and hired a democratic pollster to judge her chances in the bluegrass state. karl rove already spent $10,000 attacking ashley judd with this wild and crazy commercial, and now mitch mcconnell is taking on judd in his first commercial of his 2014 reelection campaign. it pokes fun at the president of the united states and other possible democratic candidates who might take on mcconnell. >> i'm going to start with this young lady right here in sort of the pink-white blouse, right there. and wait until the microphone comes up. introduce yourself. >> from the volunteer state, i proudly stand to nominate. >> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. >> tennessee, the home of former president al gore. >> the fact mitch mcconnell is spending time and money attacking ashley judd is a sure sign he is in deep trouble. come on, she is a hollywood lib
Feb 14, 2013 4:00pm PST
means to serve. >>> democrats want to defeat, of course, mitch mcconnell of kentucky, the guy who from day one vowed to make president obama, as we all know notoriously, a one-term president. well, some national democrats think their best chance to beat mcconnell may be with actress ashley judd. judd, a kentucky native, has not decided whether to run or not, but polls show she's competitive. for that we check the "hardball" scoreboard. according to a poll by the republican firm harper, mitch mcconnell has a nine-point lead on ashley judd, 49%/40%. not a big lead for a high profile senator against a political newcomer. we'll be right back. [ kitt ] you know what's impressive? a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whatever the world needs, when it needs it. ♪ after all, what's the point of talking if you don't have something important to say? ♪ thto fight chronic. osteoarthritis pain. if you don't have something important to say? to fight chro
Feb 13, 2013 11:00am EST
seen. >> one thing i'm getting past is mitch mcconnell's reaction today. i want to read part of it. roughly an hour ago saying an opportunity to bring the country together instead became another e retread of lip service and liberalism for a democratic president entering his second term it was simply unequal to the moment. mitch mcconnell is one of the first people that was on record saying let's make president obama a one-term president. we get back to thinking the fever just ain't broken, is it, karen? >> no. mitch mcconnell probably wrote that last week. it's a pretty predictable response. particularly given that the president started out talking about here are the things we have to do together. it's our job in this chamber, it's our job as the american people to do these things together. simil similarly in his inaugural address, he talked about what we can do together. one other point that's important. he reframed the notion of the conversation about how we look at budgets and deficits away from big versus small to smart versus stupid, if you will, in terms of what are smart inv
Feb 19, 2013 1:00pm PST
long for the gop response. in fact, it didn't take any time at all. senator mitch mcconnell's reaction arrived in my inbox before the president finished speaking. today's event at the white house proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense, bipartisan action. that was mitch mcconnell the psychic senator. in a paper statement, of course, as congress is currently in recess. speaker john boehner, never one to balk at a touch of plagiarism offered the same criticism but he tried to lay the blame on the president by calling these his sequester cuts. funny that because i seem to remember the speaker striking a different tone on the budget deal that produced the sequester. what was it he said again? >> you look this final agreement we came to with the white house, i got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> that was it. let's get right to our panel. david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones magazine, and karen finney is former dnc communications director. both are msnbc political ana
Feb 20, 2013 9:00pm EST
republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell may not just face a general election challenge from ashley judd, he may face a tea party challenge from his own party, a named challenger already raising his profile in the state of kentucky against mitch mcconnell. the right wing pundits' fear right now is up in arms about how candidates are handle their fight. they're not on the republican side on this. the fox news channel has gotten rid of sarah palin and dick morris. they have hired scott brown and herman cain and dennis kucinich. hmm. the big headline out of the republican governors conference this year was louisiana republican governor bobby jindal insisting that republicans must stop being, quote, the stupid party. and the line was not meant as a joke. we're now a week away from the filing deadline in the first u.s. senate race that will take place after the presidential election, the race to fill john kerry's open seat in massachusetts. we are a week out from the filing deadline, and it is not at all clear if any republican vying for that seat will even collect enough signatures in m
Feb 15, 2013 9:00am EST
than fiction. are mitch mcconnell and rand paul joining forces to legalize pot? we'll explain, after the break. >>> and next, danger in the skies. a scary sight on the same day an asteroid is set to pass us by. where's bruce willis. >>> but first, a trivia question. who was the first woman to hold different cabinet jobs for two different presidents? the person to tweet the correct answer to both my twitter account @chucktoday a and @dailyrundown will get an on-air shout-out. the answer and more coming up on "the daily rundown." we'll be right back. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? or settling for wannabes? stop compromising! new vidal sassoon pro series. care and styling from the original salon genius, created to let you have it all at an affordable price. new vidal sassoon lets y
Feb 19, 2013 1:00pm EST
response senate republican leader mitch mcconnell still prefers campaign events to -- joining me now for our daily fix, chris calizza and managing editor of post well, chris, we saw the performance at the white house. this was a set piece, if you will. the instant response from mitch mcconnell. the bottom line is neither side is negotiating. the white house now assumes the sequester is going to go into effect. is this going to be worked out by continuing resolutions by the end of march? a little bit of short-term pain, long-term gain? >> yep. you know, andrea, i think performance on both sides is the right word. look, i think the policy debate over whether a deal with get done between now and march 1st to avert the sequester is over. congress is away for the president's day week. when they come back, there's wide disagreement on how to do this. should tax increases, tax reform be included? the way washington works, they're not going to get something like this done before march 1st. mitch mcconnell, john boehner know that, and president obama knows that. what you are seeing
Feb 19, 2013 11:00am PST
cuts and closing tax loopholes. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell fired back saying "tote's event at the white house proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense bipartisan action." protesters and debt simpleton bowles rolled out their new plans to balance the books. one that will spread the hurt on both sides of the aisle. >> it's become clearer and clearer to us, that if in fact we're actually going to get a bipartisan deal, that we're going to have to push both sides to get out of their comfort zone. >> if anybody can't understand what we're trying to do, and if anybody can't understand the sequester isn't really -- it's just going to do total disruption. >> joining me noun john harwood, cnbc correspondent. last week it was the meteorite, i guess bruce willis needs to roll into town and save us from another countdown. i think everybody at home believes this is ridiculous and we can't fathom how we're here again. >> well, it is ridiculous. but we're here again because we have two pa
Feb 13, 2013 3:00am PST
the union. we will see now what john boehner and mitch mcconnell do. what do you think in 866-55-press. 866-557-7377. sometimes we bitch and moan as liberals. last night should convince us, we backed the right horse. we got the right guy in the white house. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] >> on my next show, fashion savant carson kressley goes from dancing with the stars to dishing with moi, on say anything. (vo) this afternoon, current tv is the place for compelling true stories. >> jack, how old are you? >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current. [ music ] >> this is "the bill press show" >> bill: all right. now 25 minutes after the hour. president obama a very powerful state of the union speech. how did marco rubio do. let's talk about that, too. yes watch marco rubio. i just watche
Feb 16, 2013 6:00pm EST
director of "the national journal." mitch mcconnell in the senate, who spoke about the proposed cuts. listen to this. >> their whole goal here is not to solve the problem. it is to have a show boat that is designed to fail. call it a day and wait for someone else to pick up the pieces. well, my message this morning is really quite simple. there wouldn't be any easy off ramps on this one. the days of 11th hour negotiations are over. washington democrats have gotten used to republicans bailing them out of their own lack of responsibility. but those days have passed. >> all right, so dana, they're eyeball to eyeball right now. and it potentially looks very ugly. >> reporter: absolutely, you know, the bottom line is what you're seeing now are the residual effects of the house speaker, he felt like he got burned. and his failed attempts over and over to cut deals with president obama over the past couple of years. and so what you're seeing are republicans, particularly in the house, throwing their hands up, saying you know, we already passed a bill a couple of times to replace the sequest
Feb 14, 2013 12:00pm PST
environment. let's start with the chuck hagel filibuster situation. senator mitch mcconnell said, i think the president is entitled to an up or down. that is simple majority vote on nominations, both to his cabinet and to the executive branch and also to the judiciary, clearly the republicans have somewhat changed their tune on the that. but if we do see, as we're seeing now, a sort of filibuster on nominees is this going to be the new normal now in washington? >> the consistency is not a virtue any longer, but what i'm surprised about with respect to the senate actions here, i serve there had the last 189 years, left two years ago, i served with chuck hagel, he served there 12 years and i'm very surprised that people who served with him in his own caucus, he caucused with them every week, they know him as a squad leader and infantry man who was twice wounded, he has two purple hearts by the way. they're suggesting somehow he's unworthy? it's unbelievable to me, every time you think this is sort of the nth degree of gridlock, i hope you dpind enough republicans who say we know chuck
Feb 20, 2013 1:00am PST
plan that can pass congress -- only more calls for higher taxes. mitch mcconnell had this to say in a statement after the president's speech. quote, today's event at the white house proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to commonsense, bipartisan action. if anyone is waiting for any last-minute deals, they better not hold their breath waiting for them to come from mitch mcconnell. here's what he said to reporters a week ago. >> it's pretty clear to me that the sequester is going to go into effect. read my lips. i'm not interested in 11th hour negotiation. >> so republicans are definitely striking back at the president saying he can prevent damage to essential services by cutting from other areas of government. earlier i spoke with the republican senator rand paul of kentucky. senator, the president spoke today about those forced budget cuts. he had some pretty tough words for republicans. let me play a little bit of what he said. get your reaction. listen to this. >> so now republicans in congress fac
Feb 16, 2013 2:00am PST
charge of determining chuck hag hagel? according to the weathercast post minority leader mitch mcconnell has deputized he seems to drift. on sunday mccain had this to say about the prospect of a filibuster against hagel. let's watch. >> wi've never filibustered a presidential cabinet appointee, and i don't think we should start here. >> he sarksd quote, i believe he had fulfilled the rigorous requirements that the committee demands and by tuesday he rebuked ted cruise for his harsh critique of hagel. he agreed. take a look at this. >> hagel is an honorable man and has served on the committee and no one should impugn his credibility. >> tuesday mccain introduced a new wrinkle. he wrote a letter to the white house requesting more information about what the white house did during the benghazi attack. he told "foreign policy magazine," quote, we need to know what the president's conversations were. i would vote no on thursday to disclosure unless the information is provide. by tuesday, or almost every day of the week, he said the president has responded to his satisfaction. but he
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